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Gooseneck Or Bumper Pull?


Bumper Pull Vs Gooseneck Trailers: Which Is Best For You?

Many different factors come into play when deciding on a new trailer. Bumper and gooseneck trailers are often compared to each other as they can serve similar purposes. However, the differences between the two types of trailers will help you decide which design is best for your personal situation. In the following article, we’ll look at 6 aspects to help you decide whether a bumper pull or gooseneck trailer is best for you.

  1. Consider Your Load Size

The scope of your cargo plays a vital role in which type of trailer is best for you. For smaller, sized loads, bumper pull trailers offer ease and convenience. The reverse side of that coin is that with a bumper pull, the weight of the trailer is resting on the very back of the truck, which is less efficient than a gooseneck. If you need to move large loads, you may need to take advantage of a gooseneck trailer. One of the benefits of using a gooseneck trailer is weight distribution. Placing the load over the rear axle instead of on the bumper means that your truck does not need to work as hard to carry the weight of the trailer and its contents. This will lead to a smoother ride, better fuel efficiency and less wear on your truck.

  1. How Far Do You Have To Drive?

Before making a final decision on the type of trailer you need, it’s important to map out your journey. If you’re working in the city travelling short distances, bumper pull trailers are a convenient option. If your journey requires highway driving, it’s worth considering a gooseneck trailer. Because bumper pull trailers are attached only to the trailer hitch, it becomes difficult to recover from weight shifting around or if your vehicle begins to swerve. Gooseneck trailers latch over the top of your vehicle’s rear axle, which helps transfer excess force to the ground. This is a feature that helps you stay safe when moving at highway speeds and while on roads with lots of curves and turns. When travelling long distances with heavy loads, gooseneck trailers are the safer option.

  1. Do You Carry The Same Materials All The Time?

The type of materials you haul plays an important role in which type of trailer is best for you. Having the wrong type of trailer can create unnecessary issues that you’re forced to address while on the job. As previously mentioned, bumper pull trailers are great for small loads that aren’t too heavy. If you consistently transport the same types of items, a bumper pull trailer will probably work fine. However, if the contents of your cargo can change without notice, a gooseneck trailer is a more versatile option. Because gooseneck trailers are longer, they make it easy for you to transport awkwardly shaped loads.

  1. What Kind Of Truck Are You Pulling Your Trailer With?

Your vehicle plays an important role in the bumper pull versus gooseneck trailers debate. The biggest advantage of a bumper pull trailer is vehicle compatibility. Bumper pull trailers are connected to the trailer hitch and are easily towed by any truck with the appropriate towing capacity. On the other hand, gooseneck trailers are attached directly to the truck bed, which does have a few drawbacks. One, you lose the use of your box or bed; two, you need a truck that not only can handle a gooseneck (usually, you are looking at a ¾ or 1 ton), but also has a built-in gooseneck hitch. The type of vehicle your company uses on a daily basis will help you decide which trailer is the most convenient.

  1. Where Will You Be Parking?

Security is an important aspect to consider If you have to park your trailer outside. As previously mentioned, gooseneck trailers can only fit on certain types of vehicles. This alone makes your trailer significantly more difficult for people to steal. With a bumper pull trailer, all the thief needs is a hitch on their truck. You can also use a lock to secure your trailer to the hitch.

Bumper pull trailers tend to have a shorter overall length than goosenecks, which is a plus when it comes to parking space. As mentioned previously, they are also compatible with a lot more vehicles. This is something you will be grateful for when you need to move a parked trailer and someone else is out on a job with the only truck with a gooseneck hitch.

  1. Which Trailer Is Easier To Maneuver?

This is a major point in favour of goosenecks. While many people are intimidated their first time backing up with one, a gooseneck is much easier to maneuver for an experienced driver than a bumper pull.  For one, it is easier to see where the trailer is going with a gooseneck, but the big advantage is the turning radius. With a bumper pull, you only have so far you can turn before you are crushing your truck’s bumper.  With a gooseneck, you can safely have your trailer at a 90 degree angle to your truck in most cases. This offers a major advantage when it comes to making sharp turns and parking in tight spaces.

Which Trailer Is Best For You?

In short, there are many pros and cons to both bumper pulls and goosenecks. It is not as simple as one being better than the other. We hope this article helped explain what you need to be looking for when choosing the type or trailer you are purchasing.  For information contact us anytime – we are always happy to help find the trailer that best suits your needs.